On Wednesday, Sen. Dick Durbin introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, legislation that blends small dollar donors and public matching funds to empower everyday people in our political process.
“Without a fundamental reform of the way we finance campaigns, we cannot bring real reform to Capitol Hill,” Durbin said in a release.
(Via Public Campaign)
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is in Chicago today for a series of fundraisers, including:
"Private meetings in the afternoon with high-dollar donors were to be capped with a dinner at the home of billionaire couple Ken and Anne Griffin."
In 2012, Griffin was asked, “Do you think the ultrawealthy have an inordinate or inappropriate amount of influence on the political process?”
His response: “I think they actually have an insufficient influence.”
Does a dinner at your home with a possible 2016 presidential candidate count as sufficient or?
Via this New York Times story on establishment Republicans fighting back against insurgents, we’re going to take a wild guess and assume it’s Sen. Mitch McConnell who’s threatening donors:
“I’ve been told by a number of donors to our ‘super PAC’ that they’ve received calls from senior Republican senators,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, which is supporting challengers to Republican incumbents across the country. The message from these donors was blunt: “I can’t give to you because I’ve been told I won’t have access to Republican leadership,” Mr. Kibbe said. “So they’re playing hardball.”
Our broken campaign finance system isn’t just about donors getting influence. It’s a cycle of dependency—members of Congress who rely on big donors and the big donors who rely on access to politicians. It’s a no-win situation for everyone else.
"The United States is the only industrialized country to award diplomatic posts as political spoils, often to wealthy campaign contributors in an outmoded system that rivals the patronage practices of banana republics, dictatorships and two-bit monarchies."
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Sarbanes have this oped in the Washington Post on the new Government By the People Act. A bill that “would help build a politics and a government that answer to the people. Together, we can reassert the full promise of our ideals and restore confidence in our democracy.”
Learn more at http://ofby.us.
Or, $54 million for the year: cash that was “spread among Republican incumbents, candidates, national political committees and state parties.
It’s a wonder he found time to do anything else.